Dogs cannot choose their diet themselves, we do that for them. Our choice of food for our dog depends on our own education about what is best for our dogs, with our information coming primarily from TV adverts from pet food companies and veterinarians recommending certain products through product alliances. Are those dog food TV ads filling your screen with bulging chicks? fresh vegetables and a selection of grains and all show a happy, healthy dog on the ads. They are generally beautiful ads that are emotionally marketed to YOU. Dog food commercials are not for your dog, they are produced and marketed for you. Dogs are color blind, so pet food manufacturers only change the color and texture of dog food to make it look better on YOU, not your dog. I hope that in this article you will discover some interesting information to bring into play when choosing what to eat for your dog and enlighten you on how the pet food companies are only looking after you and not your dog.
Dog food labels are intentionally confusing so pet owners don’t realize they’re feeding their dog some horrible, horrible, disgusting ingredients. Dog food companies heartlessly exploit loopholes that allow them to add a very cheap form of protein to a dog that has almost no nutritional value, rather than the essential animal protein your dog needs to survive. Did you know that dog food that claims to come from bones, blood, and animal fat often comes from animals suffering from various diseases and is probably not the best choice for your dog? These billionaire companies are actually allowed to mix euthanized bodies of various animals into the food you may buy for your dog. Would you eat meat from a euthanized animal? I did not think! Why should your dog be exposed to this? Dogs can get food allergies from commercial dog food, which can make your dog very uncomfortable, sick, and weak in the long run. These euthanized various animals found in dog food and the animal by-products commonly found can include feathers, hair, leather, cartilage, and feces. Pretty disgusting, isn’t it?
Dogs, being scavengers, also thrive on eggs, berries, fruits, and the food they might find in the prey’s stomach, such as grains and vegetables. But saying that, the dog’s body doesn’t have the capacity to process whole vegetables. Pet food company ads showing plump chickens and whole vegetables make you wonder if they really know that much about a dog’s nutritional needs and digestive system. Manufacturers are masters at getting a dog to eat something that he would normally wrinkle his nose at. Do you know how they do that? The fat is sprayed directly onto the bits of food and you and your dog smell and taste wonderful – this is just an illusion. And these wonderfully shaped and colored treats and morsels aren’t for your dog, they’re for you. Don’t be fooled by the pretty shapes and rainbow colors and smiling dogs on the packaging – emotional marketing at its finest. All your dog cares about is how the food smells and tastes, and all you should care about is that it is getting its nutritional needs.
Dogs, like everyone else, have specific nutritional needs and need the right vitamins and minerals every day. Poor quality ingredients, excessive chemical additives and poor labeling standards lead to problems for your pet, from skin allergies to cancer. Commercial pet food and some pet food ingredients have been linked to a number of diseases in companion animals. A potential problem with commercial pet foods is pesticide residues, antibiotics, and mold found in pet food ingredients, and manufacturers will not provide very much information about the sources of the ingredients, how they are processed, their quality control standards, or in some cases even where the food is made . So don’t you doubt how trustworthy a company is when they can’t even tell you these things? That makes me very doubtful!
Think about it… have you ever seen your dog enjoy commercial dog food the way he/she enjoys a good meaty bone? I have never had and have had many dogs in my life and through my business I take care of all different breeds, sizes and ages of dogs. Do you know why? Because bones are fresh meat, just as you buy them, give your dog exactly what you buy. However, with commercial dog food, some companies may list real meat as the main ingredient, but may contain more fillers, reducing the ratio of quality to useless ingredients. Ingredients like peanut shells are used as bulking agents or fiber and have no significant nutritional value. Because the ingredients used are not healthy, their quality can vary widely, and the rigorous manufacturing processes destroy many of the nutrients the food originally had. Grains are the primary ingredient in most commercial pet foods. These are often the result of an allergy or intolerance to pet food ingredients. And to top it off, sometimes a manufacturer hasn’t added any preservatives, but preservatives may have been added to the meat or other ingredients by suppliers. So by the time the food gets to your dog’s plate, the good quality that may have been there to begin with is gone. And not every batch of dog food is the same, as meat by-products and meat and bone meals vary from batch to batch, creating an unstable food source for pets.
The multinational pet food companies have greater purchasing power? those who manufacture human food products have a committed market in which to capitalize on their waste products, and pet food divisions have a more reliable capital base and, in many cases, a convenient source of ingredients. The ingredients listed on the label are far less representative of what’s actually in the food — are they tiny? and the items themselves are typically scraps and scraps from human food processors—certainly not the whole, fresh ingredients you’d like to imagine. Dog food labeling is a confusing discussion, to say the least, and very much a semi-truth scenario. There are many label rules like? the “flavor” rule, which states that a food can be labeled as “beef flavored dog food” even if it doesn’t contain beef, as long as the flavor is “sufficiently perceptible”. When a label says “With real turkey,” a consumer can be assured that they are purchasing high-quality turkey dog food for their pet. If the label says “beef and liver for dogs” then the food must contain a combined amount of beef and liver totaling 95%, and there must be more beef since it is listed first. As I have outlined above however , the amounts within are based on tiny bites and weight – weight also includes water content.
Well, of course, not all pet food companies work this way. There are some all-natural companies and dog foods on the market today that pride themselves on using human-grade ingredients in their dog food, but remember that the definition of “natural” is very broad and allows for artificially processed ingredients that most of us would consider really very unnatural. You must be very careful in your selection and educate yourself about the harmful ingredients and preservatives on the labels of these canned dogs. I always follow the rule that if there are no nutrients in the soil = no nutrients in the plants = no nutrients in the dog food, and I can’t imagine them getting their plant sources from the same plants as humans.
Quality dog food is critical to your dog’s well-being as it is their only source of nutrition. Nutrition is defined as the organic process of nourishing or being nourished, the processes by which an organism takes in nourishment and uses it for growth and nourishment: a source of materials to nourish the body. The food that your animal eats should contain all the nutritional components necessary for the harmonious interaction of all organs and systems of a healthy body. So when you browse all dog food in the supermarket, please forget the ads and ignore the glossy pictures and fancy titles on the tins and packaging and always look for natural, organic dog food with “natural” preservatives. With the high likelihood of your favorite pet food slowly poisoning your dog, it’s crucial that you find brands that you can trust to be pet-friendly and contain natural ingredients and few additives and colorings. Many of the ingredients listed offer no appreciable health benefits and are more of a marketing gimmick. Remember, you’re looking for ingredients that you recognize and would eat. In fact, just like for humans, fresh foods can provide much better nutrition for pets than highly processed “fast foods.”
The reality is that there are only two nutritional standards by which all pet foods are measured (adult and growth/pregnancy/lactation) – everything else is marketing. Don’t fall into the marketing trap and a side note, in general the purchase price of pet food does not always determine whether a pet food is good or bad, price is often a good indicator of quality. Dogs may not need the most expensive foods to survive…but they do need the right nutritional value in their diet every day.